Exactly 365 days ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told his former Arkansas teammate and former Cowboys head coach Jimmie Johnson that he was placing Johnson on the Cowboys Circle of Honor. Johnson responded by asking Jones, “While I’m alive?”
Their family feud has apparently not abated nearly 30 years after a bitter split during the 1994 off-season.
During an interview with Jones on Sunday, NBCDFW’s Newey Scruggs told Jones that it seemed “very petty” to Johnson that his name wasn’t on the front of AT&T Stadium yet.
“It’s bullshit for someone to make something (of it),” Jones said. “I said I was going to plant him. Now that I land him, and the circumstances and what I’m going to do with it, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about, and I have a lot of other lives here that have put a lot at stake on the field that must also be in this ring of honor. And so how I do it, what I do it with, I make that decision, and in the end it’s not about whether Jimmy whines or not.”
Johnson, 79, responded to The Dan Le Batard Show on Thursday.
“I had to look it up in a dictionary. I don’t know that I ever whimperedJohnson said calmly. “Do you ever remember how I whimpered?
Jones and Johnson are the only two Pro Football Hall of Famers to have spent most of their careers with the Cowboys who are not on the team’s Circle of Honor. Jones entered Pro Football of Fame in 2017 and Johnson earned a seat at Canton in 2020.
Jones forms a one-man committee that oversees inductees into the team’s Ring of Honor.